remission

Remission refers to a stage of lesser intensity, when something subsides or improves. Remission is usually a good thing — like when your cancer is in remission, it means that it is manageable and not getting any worse.

Remission comes from the Latin remissionem, meaning "relaxation, a sending back." If something difficult lets up, you'll be able to relax a little. For example, if are being pelted non-stop during a dodgeball game, you'd hope for a remission, so you have a minute to take a breath and find your glasses. Another meaning of the noun remission is a payment. Your college tuition remission must be taken care of before you start classes.

Primary Meanings of remission

1.
n
(law) the act of remitting (especially the referral of a law case to another court)
2.
n
the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
3.
n
an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)
4.
n
a payment of money sent to a person in another place
Full Definitions of remission
1

n (law) the act of remitting (especially the referral of a law case to another court)

Synonyms:
remit, remitment
Type of:
referral
the act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)
2

n the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance

Synonyms:
absolution, remission of sin, remittal
Types:
indulgence
the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution
Type of:
redemption, salvation
(theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
3

n an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)

“his cancer is in remission
Synonyms:
remittal, subsidence
Types:
resolution
the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
Type of:
abatement, hiatus, reprieve, respite, suspension
an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
4

n a payment of money sent to a person in another place

Synonyms:
remitment, remittal, remittance
Type of:
payment
a sum of money paid or a claim discharged

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